April 14, 2011

Murray is on Ohio State's radar

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Even with limited scholarship numbers this year, the Ohio State coaching staff is still continuing to evaluate the state of Ohio and looking for prospects that could potentially earn an offer at camp or with a big senior season. Steubenville product Najee Murray is among the players that the Buckeyes are keeping tabs on. The 5-foot-11, 172-pound defensive back was on campus this past Saturday on an unofficial visit.

"It went real well on Saturday," explained Murray. "I enjoyed myself up there and I liked how they toured us around. At practice, I liked how they were getting after it. The offense and defense were really competing out there."

Murray was able to speak with his main recruiter and get an idea of where he stands in the minds of the Ohio State staff.

"I talked to my recruiting coordinator coach (Nick) Siciliano and my position coach (Taver) Johnson," he said. "Coach Siciliano was just telling me that they were interested in me and they loved how fast I was on film. They want me to come up to camp and evaluate me at corner because my film is mostly at safety."

Murray's speed is a major asset and a big reason why numerous programs from around the country are showing interest. In a year in Ohio where there isn't an abundance of true corners, Murray's ability to show that he can play the position at a high level will only increase the interest that he's currently receiving. For now, Murray is still waiting on his first offer from a BCS level program, but he may not have to wait much longer.

"It's most of the MAC," Murray said of his offer list. "Toledo, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Ohio, Bowling Green, Akron, and Buffalo (have offered). West Virginia said they might offer and they just want to see how I look in person, I'm going down there next weekend. Northwestern, Indiana, Cincinnati, Connecticut, and LSU (are also showing interest)."

Murray will be busy this summer working out at corner at various camps around the Midwest.

"Two weeks from now I'm going to this Nike Camp that I got invited to," Murray said. "Over the summer I'm going to the Ohio State camp as well as Cincinnati, Notre Dame, and Michigan State."

Murray is hoping to make it back to Columbus sometime in the next week and a half as the Buckeyes will conclude spring football next Saturday with the annual Spring Game.

"I'm going to try to get back up there," he said. "I'll call coach Siciliano and if he has another date that he would like me to come up, I'm willing to come up."


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